See also: Minnesota Food Trivia ; Minnesota Food Festivals

MINNESOTA FOOD STATISTICS

FARMS & FARMERS
Minnesota: approximate land area 50,906,881 acres
Farmland is 26,917,962 acres or 52.9% of total land
Organic agriculture accounts for about 154,136 acres
Number of Farms: 80,992
Principle Farm Operators:
       Men: 73,631   Women: 7,361
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

POPULATION & HUNGER
Minnesota has a total population of: 5,344,861
Urban population: 3,916,213
Rural population: 1,428,648
Food insecure households*: 10.2%
Households with very low food security*: 4.3%
*Food insecurity - Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
Very low food security - At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food.

(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov )
(Population & Food Security data: 2011)


Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but the official count of lakes in the state is actually 15,291.

An estimated 271 million turkeys were raised in the United States in 2007. The estimate for 2008 is about the same. Minnesota raised 49 million turkeys, followed by North Carolina (39 million).
US Census Bureau, October, 2008

According to the USDA, Minnesota had a total of 6.2 million market hogs and pigs, the 3rd largest count (Iowa was 1st with 15.5 million and North Carolina was 2nd with 8.4 million).
 

 

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